COUNTER PUNCH: It’s Time to Decriminalize Sex Work

Two New York City Democratic Socialist were overwhelmingly victorious in the November 6th elections – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the U.S. House for the 14th District (Bronx-Queens) and Julia…


SLATE: It’s Time to Recenter Kink and BDSM as Part of Radical Queer History

This piece is part of the Radical issue, a special package from Outward, Slate’s home for coverage of LGBTQ life, thought, and culture. Read more here. When we celebrate queer history, we’re usually…


DAZED: Lessons from Annie Sprinkle, the radical sex positive educator of 1980s NYC

In mid-1980s New York, a resident in the apartment building of 90 Lexington Avenue knocked on the door of flat 11F and exclaimed “What are you doing in there? I know you’re having sex, but my god it…


DAILY BEAST: The Kink and Tattoo Artists Letting Their Freak Flags Fly for Sex Workers’ Rights

In April, a mashup of two bills, SESTA and FOSTA, was signed into law. SESTA/FOSTA aimed to combat sex trafficking online. But according to many sex working people and community advocates, as well as…


PACIFIC STANDARD: How the fight for Sex Workers' rights can put Sex Workers first

"Nothing about us without us" became the slogan of the disability rights movement in the 1990s, but the message continues to reverberate today—particularly with sex workers. There have increasingly…


ROLLING STONE: Republicans and Democrats Are Also Divided on Sexual Fantasies

They say politics make strange bedfellows, but apparently politics also play a role in what and who we fantasize about in bed. Justin Lehmiller, a research fellow at the Kinsey Institute, wrote a…


THE DAILY DOT: What it really means to be in a dominant/submissive relationship

When it comes to understanding BDSM, non-practitioners generally equate the kinky lifestyle with the chains, ropes, whips, and handcuffs found in Christian Grey’s “red room of pain” in Fifty Shades…


BITCH MEDIA: HOW TO SUPPORT TRANS, INTERSEX, AND NONBINARY FOLKS IN THIS NIGHTMARISH HELLSCAPE

On October 21, the New York Times outlined the Trump administration’s latest attempt to redefine gender as “a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” The memo was…


AWT: The Feminist’s Guide to Sex Toys

I did not own a sex toy until I was in my late twenties. By that point, I’d had multiple sexual partners and a few meaningful long-term relationships. I had already moved countries, adapted to…


NEXTCITY: How Sex Workers Made San Francisco Safer for Everyone

San Francisco has a unique city department that most cities don’t have: the Department on the Status of Women. This department works to ensure that women and girls in the community have equal…